This article was published on March 4, 2016

This VR documentary takes you inside South Sudan’s devastating civil war


This VR documentary takes you inside South Sudan’s devastating civil war Image by: FRONTLINE
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VR video experiences are getting increasingly easy to make and now require little or no kit for people watching.

While you could explore Leo’s winning Oscar’s moment in luxurious 360° views, you should really watch this awesome film from PBS’ FRONTLINE investigative team working with Brown University’s Institute for Media Innovation.

“On the Brink of Famine” is a 10-minute full 360° documentary that lets you get deeper into the lives of people affected by the two-year conflict in South Sudan.

You just grab the video with your mouse or finger to explore the whole landscape in each shot, immersing you in a war that is displacing civilians and ultimately seeing many people starve.

As many as 50,000 people have died, despite the warring sides agreeing a peace deal.

Here’s the camera they used, which captures images from all angles, prompting the team to remark on Facebook that it “takes a. Lot. Of. Editing.”

360 camera
Credit: FRONTLINE

You can see Ars Technica’s full ‘making of’ documentary here too.

“On the Brink of Famine” takes you inside South Sudan in 360° to meet people battling a man-made hunger crisis….

Posted by FRONTLINE on Thursday, 3 March 2016

On the Brink of Famine 360° (Full Film) [FRONTLINE via Ars Technica]